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Waist Width: 76
The Zest is an all mountain women’s carving ski with a 76 mm waist, intended for beginner to intermediate women skiers. It’s packed with technology, starting with WaveFlex technology, in which the top of the ski from the core up has a series of structural waves designed to make the ski stiff laterally yet still supple-flexing longitudinally. (Think corrugated cardboard: easy to bend in one direction, rigid in the other). Parabolic Rocker lifts the tip and tail slightly up and off the ground, designed to maneuver through powder and other various conditions with a shaped sidecut for normal carving turns. Furthermore, with the tip and tail rockered, less edge is making contact with the snow, designed for responsiveness and minimized turning effort. Full Power Cap construction is lightweight and designed to make turn initiation and execution easier. Dualite Woodcore, a lightweight core with integrated wood stringers (strips of wood) and synthetic core, is designed for maneuverability and increased edge grip. Fiberglass construction integrates, you guessed it, fiberglass throughout the ski, designed to produce a smooth flex pattern that’s easy to bend while maintaining stability. For something similar in the All Mountain Women series, check out the Snow. The All Mountain Women series is made up of 12 models with a variety of purposes. Some are more carving-focused, some are more off-piste-focused, but they all share an overarching intention to ski well thanks to a plethora of technology Elan has developed over the years. Elan, based in Begunje na Gorenjskem, Slovenia, was founded in 1945. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.